In my opinion, hereâ€™s what can be appreciated about KFWâ€¦
1. The platform is sticking by its word on being regular on the calendar. KFW is a follow up to IFW (Islamabad Fashion Week) that was held in January earlier this year. Both KFW and IFW fall under Arshad Siddiqui's newly found Pakistan Fashion Council.
2. The runway, thanks to CEO Tariq Aminâ€™s refined aesthetic, was impressive.
3. KFW shows started on time, with negligible twenty minute delays. The days wrapped up, quite wonderfully for PST, around 10pm.
4. As part of a larger picture, KFW is a launch pad for new or undiscovered designers, designers that may or may not make it to the countryâ€™s more credible PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week that has...
Karachi Fashion Week, organized by Triple Eâ€™s Arshad Siddiqui with Tariq Amin as CEO, kicked off on Thursday with several undiscovered designers out of which Jazib Qamar emerged a star. I didnâ€™t catch the first day or the first half of the second day (as Iâ€™m not covering this event for any publication other than my own) but was eager to go for the second half to experience what was being talked about as a constructive platform for Pakistani high street brands and uncelebrated yet talented designers.
Attractions on Day Two (for me) were Nadya Mistry, MAK (as he has been a student of my Fashion Media class), Mona J (another FaMed student responsible for styling...
A quick look into the tangled web of fashion weeks in Pakistanâ€¦
Will Rizwanullah ever model on the PFDC runway again? Here he steps in for Ali Xeeshan.
â€˜Fashion Weekâ€™ is the new buzzword. And there are three registered fashion councils in Pakistan, all three of them attempting to organize at least two fashion weeks a year. Â Itâ€™s a ridiculous number of fashion weeks for a country as small as ours.
From what one has witnessed, one united fashion council was established for Pakistan in 2006 but it very quickly segmented into the Pakistan Fashion and Design Council (Lahore) and Fashion Pakistan Council (Karachi). The PFDC took off under the leadership of Sehyr Saigol while FP elected Maheen Khan...
Setting a new record for a country with the most fashion councils is Pakistan as CEO Triple E, Mr Arshad Siddiqui, has registered a council of his own under the title 'Pakistan Fashion Council'.
"This council will be for all designers of Pakistan as well as people associated with the fashion industry such as stylists, journalists, etc," Mr Siddiqui spoke to me from Islamabad where he is hosting PFW's first project, Islamabad Fashion Week. "Some people (established designers) have been treating fashion as their personal jaageer (property) and this is an attempt to make it accessible to all."
He furthered that Tariq Amin had been appointed CEO of the council for three years and memberships were open for all designers, established and...